- Associated Press - Sunday, July 11, 2010

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s foreign minister said on Sunday that a peace deal with the Palestinians should include handing areas where Israel’s Arabs live over to Palestinian control.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said a peace accord should be based on “population exchanges, not land for peace.”

The Palestinians claim the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem for a state, but they have indicated readiness to swap some land in the West Bank for territory in Israel.

“It is clear that the ‘triangle’,” an area where many of Israel’s minority Arabs live, “should be outside the borders of Israel, Mr. Lieberman told Israel Radio.

Ahmad Tibi, an Israeli-Arab lawmaker, called Mr. Lieberman’s proposal “fascist.”

Arabs make up about 20 percent of Israel’s citizens and may sympathize with the Palestinians.


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